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Photograph - Exterior view of the Sheepshanks Gallery (Gallery 26) under construction, South Kensington Museum
  • Exterior view of the Sheepshanks Gallery (Gallery 26) under construction, South Kensington Museum
    Thompson, Charles Thurston, born 1816 - died 1868
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Exterior view of the Sheepshanks Gallery (Gallery 26) under construction, South Kensington Museum

  • Object:

    Photograph

  • Place of origin:

    South Kensington Museum (photographed)

  • Date:

    1857 (photographed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Thompson, Charles Thurston, born 1816 - died 1868 (photographer)
    Department of Science and Art of the Committee of Council on Education (commissioned by)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Albumen print

  • Museum number:

    33972

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case X, shelf 601

Photographs and photographers were present from the very beginning of the V&A's history and the Museum has an extensive collection of images from the 1850s through to the present which documents the construction and development of the V&A and the South Kensington site.

Originally collected by the National Art Library as part of a programme to record works of art, architecture and design in the interest of public education, these topographic and architectural views were valued as records and as source material for students of architecture and design. As well as being crucial records of the history of the V&A, and an important element within the National Art Library's visual encyclopaedia, these photographs are also significant artefacts in the history of the art of photography.

Physical description

A mounted albumen print of a building under construction and surrounded by scaffolding. Mounds of dirt and building supplies litter the site. Two ladders lean against the building reaching to upper floors. A worker sits with his head in his hand in front of the building. a coat hangs from a scaffolding support on the upper floor. What appears to be a church tower is visible in the background.

Place of Origin

South Kensington Museum (photographed)

Date

1857 (photographed)

Artist/maker

Thompson, Charles Thurston, born 1816 - died 1868 (photographer)
Department of Science and Art of the Committee of Council on Education (commissioned by)

Materials and Techniques

Albumen print

Marks and inscriptions

'A.b. LONDON'
classification system label

library stamp
blindstamp, upper centre mount

'South Kensington'
ink, lower right mount

'S. K. Museum. Progress. Exterior'
ink, lower right mount

'934'
ink, upper right mount

Dimensions

Height: 19.4 cm image, Width: 29.4 cm image, Height: 26.8 cm mount, Width: 33.2 cm mount, Height: 38.2 cm mount, Width: 53.6 cm mount

Descriptive line

Mounted albumen print, exterior view, Sheepshanks Gallery (Gallery 26) under construction, South Kensington Museum, 1857

Materials

Photographic paper

Techniques

Albumen process; Photography

Subjects depicted

Ladders; Museums; Wheelbarrows; Scaffolding

Categories

Photographs; Architecture; History of the V&A

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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